The ocean has degraded within our lifetimes, as shown in the decreasing average size of fish. And yet, as Daniel Pauly shows us onstage at Mission Blue, each time the baseline drops, we call it the new “normal.” At what point do we stop readjusting downward?
Read more: Daniel Pauly: The Ocean’s Shifting Baseline
If a piece of individually wrapped cheese can retain its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed to our children? Former “New York Times” business reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that took her to research labs, university food science departments, and factories around the country.
Read more: Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner
Hit by a Farm is a hilarious recounting of Catherine and Melissa’s trials of “getting back to the land.” It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say “goodbye city life” — and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and yes, sheep sex.
Read more: Hit By a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend
Whether you have a wood-fired oven out back (or are planning to build one) or you bake in a conventional home oven, invest in your own copy and read it cover to cover. Even if you’ve got years of baking experience, you will find some great insights. And, after all, who can possibly have too many bread books?
Read more: From the Wood-Fired Oven by Richard Miscovich
Biodiversity in plant communities can enhance the well-being of soil, plants, and animals, and ultimately, human beings. That’s good health in the broadest sense.
Read more: The Web of Life, Dr. Fred Provenza
In The Land Remembers, Ben Logan presents his childhood in a way that gives us all a feeling we were there, and at the same time we missed out.
Read more: The Land Remembers by Ben Logan
Author Ben Logan returns to the farmland of his youth in Christmas Remembered, a loving tribute to holiday rituals and the people who make them happen: people like his mother, who was married on Christmas Day, and people like his wife, who brought her own traditions from the mountains of Mexico.
Read more: Christmas Remembered by Ben Logan
Wendell Berry, a quiet and humble man, has become an outspoken advocate for revolution. He urges immediate action as he mourns how America has turned its back on the land and rejected Jeffersonian principles of respect for the environment and sustainable agriculture.
Read more: Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity